Sofia, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria lifted the Bulgarian women’s tennis title and the women’s doubles title to win the second consecutive Bulgarian Open title with a 6-4, 6-5 victory over Kazakhstan on Monday.
The win, which also took Bulgaria to No. 2 in the rankings, moves Bulgaria to within striking distance of the final berth for the 2018 U.S. Open in London.
Bulgarian women’s singles captain Maria Zvonenko (24-7, 19KOs) was 2-for-3 with two singles wins over her compatriot and former world No. 1 Zana Serdina (18-0, 16KOs).
Serdina, who won the 2015 Bulgarian Open, will now face off against Bulgarian-born Nadia Savilova (18.1, 18KOs), who won last year’s final against Bulgarian No. 9 Evgenia Popova (23-0-1, 21KOs.)
In the men’s doubles, veteran Russian Aleksandr Solodnikov (25-1-1) knocked out fellow compatriot Dmitry Bagoev (23.1KOs.), while two-time world No 3 Alexander Zverev (21-1), also of Russia, lost to Belarusian Levon Aronian (16-1).
The win capped a remarkable week for Bulgaria, which has beaten the United States twice in two weeks.
Bulgaria is ranked No. 5 in the world and the final four players in the final of the Davis Cup, a tournament held in Australia that features the best of the best.
It is also the only country to have two consecutive grand slam singles titles in Sofia.